Earthquake Measuring 5.7 Hits Island Off Greece’s West Coast
ATHENS, Greece (AP) _ An earthquake jolted the island of Zakinthos off Greece’s western coast before dawn today but there were no reports of damage or injuries, the Athens Geodynamic Institute said.
The quake, measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale, struck at 5.13 a.m. and was centered 31 miles west of the Ionian island in the Aegean Sea, the Institute reported.
Police at Zakinthos said by telephone the tremor was strong, but that the residents did not panic.
″It happens all the time. We had one like it about 15 days ago,″ said police official Christos Tatsis.
The Richter scale is a measure of ground motion as recorded on seismographs. Every increase in one number means a tenfold increase in magnitude and a quake of 5 can cause considerable damage if it hits an urban area.